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General / Promises, Promises...
« on: 27 April, 2021, 02:26:15 AM »
From a discussion on another thread. Thrills that have been promised, but have yet to materialize.

Last part of Flesh: Gorehead, from prog 2010 in 2016:

General / Now I Know My ABCs...
« on: 31 March, 2021, 05:43:21 AM »
I've started my own A-Z of 2000 AD project and (of course) started with 'K', and Kingdom.

It has to be off-forum because the chart and table have some groovy, interactive functionality that can't be replicated here.

Tech note: table hover components sort-of work as long-holds on touch-screen devices, but really this is designed for pointer-driven interfaces.

General / Six Degrees of Shako!
« on: 19 March, 2021, 04:48:45 AM »
How many links does it take to connect Shako to any other 2000 AD or Megazine character?

For example, Gene the Hackman has a Shako number of one, because they starred together in "Shako's Kingdom" in the 2020 Sci-Fi Special.


What about The Gronk?

General / What Defines a Dredd Epic?
« on: 06 March, 2021, 04:37:41 PM »
Is it number of episodes? Most people want to include Robot Wars (8), so then you also have to let in Destiny's Angels, which feels less epic.

Robot Wars is 41pp long (actually, it's forty and one half), so perhaps we should go by page count - and Destiny's Angels trumps that at 66pp. Cry of the Werewolf is 48pp and The Graveyard Shift crosses the line at 45pp. We can add in Dredd Angel, Death Aid, then, when the Meg starts up, the page count is often higher per episode, so in comes Midnite's Children (48pp over 5 parts) and America.

Or, does an epic need an epic narrative? A city-wide effect of some kind? Or Dredd teaming up to solve the case?

What makes an epic?

General / Favorite Cover Lines
« on: 19 January, 2021, 03:25:36 PM »
Cover punnage is an art form, and "Hack to the Future" (from prog 1091) caught my eye yesterday as I was doing a bit of letterer indexing:

If you want to post up a favorite all you need to do is paste the following URL into img tags and swap out the "???" with the prog number: http://www.2000ad.org/covers/2000ad/mediumres/???.jpg

General / Dreddverse Map
« on: 16 January, 2021, 01:59:26 AM »
By my reckoning, every strip that's been set in the Dreddverse...

General / Thrills Over Time
« on: 09 January, 2021, 07:06:33 PM »

Film & TV / Endlessly Re-watchable
« on: 08 January, 2021, 03:37:03 AM »
Inspired by the idea (over on the Last Movie Watched thread) that a top list of movies doesn't need to consider quality when instead it can consider enduring longevity, I wanted to think about those movies that you watch again and again. Maybe they're those movies that, even if you happen upon them, you're stuck for the duration, unable to tear yourself away.

For me, there's:

 - Goodfellas
 - Aliens
 - Blade Runner

Games / MMOs and the single-player experience
« on: 04 January, 2021, 09:28:01 PM »
Saw a GDC talk the other day that was exploring this argument:

A. Single-player content shouldn't be part of an MMO because the USP of an MMO is not that.

B. Single-player content should be part of an MMO because Conan (the Barbarian, not O'Brien).

General / Judge Dredd Script Droids
« on: 19 December, 2020, 02:20:00 AM »


- It starts in the center ring with 1977.
- Order of droids is weighted by contribution, then by year.
- The big Pat Mills chunk in 1978 is The Cursed Earth.
- Wagner's voluminous dominance is obvious from the first year.
- Noteworthy long-form stories from this era are Robot Wars, Luna-1, The Cursed Earth and the Judge Cal saga.

Other Reviews / 2000 AD FCBD 2020
« on: 25 August, 2020, 11:28:08 PM »
Best of 2000 AD, Issue 0
(Free Comic Book Day Summer 2020)

Judge Dredd: Democracy Soon
S: Al Ewing, A: Erica Henderson, L: Simon Bowland
A well-mannered meeting of polite, middle-class democracy advocates clearly haven't been paying attention.

Legends of the Rogue Trooper: Survival Lesson [reprint]
S: Gordon Rennie, A: Richard Elson, L: Tom Frame
From the 2005 Winter Special, the unique experience of Elson depicting a lone, bare-chested warrior bred to fight! Wait a minute ... "let's knife" ... "get whet" ... it's all connected!

Anderson, Psi-Division: Reasons To Be Cheerful, Reason One [reprint]
S: Alan Grant, A: Arthur Ranson, L: Annie Parkhouse
From Megazine 2.10 (1992), hauntingly gorgeous art from Ranson accompanies Anderson down into the undercity on the trail of revelations.

Durham Red: The Judas Strain [reprint]
S: Lauren Beukes & Dale Halvorsen, A: Carlos Ezquerra, L: Simon Bowland
From the 40th Anniversary Special (2017), this plays something like a sci-fi sequel to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, with Alpha as the unwitting stooge.

General / Behind the Scenes
« on: 15 July, 2020, 01:56:33 AM »
Art and script droids get all the glory, but I was interested when reading The Mighty One (MacManus, 2016) to hear about the amount of editorial rewriting (especially on GFD's Rogue - which is perhaps the origin of the term "scrotnig" as a typo of "escorting"), uncredited design work and also the fact that Tom Frame coloured a lot of the centre pages. I was also discombobulated by the idea of MacManus rewriting chunks of Skizz (or rather adding dialogue where there wasn't any).

This got me curious about about lettering (where the better you are the more you're not noticed) and sound effects. Sometimes, it seems fairly obvious that the artist is the one that did the sound effect, like in this example from Frank Quitely's Shimura:

But do letterers ever do the sound effects? I'd always assumed they mostly had responsibility for that.

Off Topic / Ebayballs
« on: 09 July, 2020, 10:34:30 PM »
I noticed someone on The Ebay selling prog 216 as "1st Rogue Trooper (Preview) Issue" for (GBP) 25 + 17 postage.

This made me squirm as the only thing that's Rogue-ish about prog 216 is the teaser poster on the back cover, which you can see for free both in the Ebay ad for the product and on Barney and right here right now*:

*Feel free to send me 42 quid every time you read this post.

General / Obscurum Artem
« on: 20 June, 2020, 04:35:02 PM »
The 7 Wonders of the Galaxy
by Kevin O'Neill (progs 162-168)

Click the image to see a larger version.

The Colossus of RodiumValley of the GodsDorado: The Head of Hate




The Hanging Prisons of Sin-SinPetraxKil-ray




Tomb of the Host


General / Comics Budget
« on: 04 June, 2020, 04:19:41 PM »
One of the key problems I had during the UK's comics mini-boom of the late 80s / early 90s was affordability. I was either on minimum wage or no wage at the time, and (just to provide an example slice), this was the theoretical shopping list for November 1990:

Progs #703-706
Crisis #52
Revolver #5
JD Megazine #1.02
2000 AD Winter Special #3
Rogue Trooper Annual
Strip #20
Best of 2000 AD Monthly #62
Deadline #24

Is that why the boom busted? Too many titles aimed at too many thin wallets?

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